A PLAN to axe a benefit increase for more than 26,000 residents in the town will result in Barnsley Council writing to government ministers in a bid to force a U-turn.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to extend the Universal Credit ‘uplift’ scheme - worth £20 a week or £1,040 a year to claimants - that was introduced last year.

A notice of motion will be discussed at next Thursday’s full council meeting, proposed by Couns Jeff Ennis and Anita Cherryholme - both of the North East ward - which will see the local authority officially declaring its opposition.

A report said: “The increase in benefits have had a positive effect on the lives of thousands of local claimants who are better able to pay for life’s essentials such as food, clothing and utilities.
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“We will work with other local government organisations to form a coalition to pressure the government to make the £20 increase to Universal Credit permanent.”